Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cure for the Summertime Blues

After purchasing new blue pillows for the shop this summer, I was inspired to paint several pieces of furniture using several Chalk Paint® colors that I had not used before, Louis Blue and Napoleonic Blue.

Louis Blue Chalk Paint

Napoleonic Blue

Louis Blue is a pretty pastel blue that looks very sophisticated when waxed with Soft Dark Wax, but I choose to paint my table in what Annie calls her Modern Finish (smooth coat with little distressing) and top it with Soft Clear Wax.

PaintTip: Mix Louis Blue with Old Violet and Old White 
to make lilac.
                 Mix Louis Blue with Duck Egg and Old White 
to make gray blues.

Napoleonic Blue is a rich and regal classical blue with a lot of depth of color particularly when it is waxed to bring out the sheen so it has a silky look to it. It's named after Napoleon because it is one of the powerful colors he liked to use in his apartments.

I also painted the Napoleonic Blue table in a Modern Finish, but topped it with Soft Dark Wax to bring out the complexity of the color.

PaintTip: For a stunning effect, paint Napoleonic Blue over Antibes Green and distress back.

To see more Summertime Blues, please visit the shop in Irvington!

Happy  Painting!   Rachel

Chalk Paint® and supplies are available at my two shops:
4323 Irvington Rd., Irvington, VA and 
19 S. Belmont Ave. (in the heart of Carytown), Richmond, VA
For directions to either shop, click HERE

To see more tips, tutorials and photos: Paintbrush and Pearls

Gimme Shelter: 
It's been a long hot summer at the Northumberland Animal Shelter and wonderful cats, like "Lennon", are still waiting for a home. The shelter is located in Burgess Va and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays for adoptions. If you can't adopt, please CLICK HERE to make a donation. Their phone number is 804-580-6156. Merci!